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The mens death certificates, made public earlier this week, showed that one captive, known only as Dilawar, 22, from the Khost region, died from blunt force injuries to lower extremities complicating coronary artery disease while another captive, Mullah Habibullah, 30, suffered from a blood clot in the lung that was exacerbated by a blunt force injury.
The U.S. military admits to beating information out of suspects and sometimes killing them in the process.
In my view radical Islam of the sort promoted by bin Laden is and should be regarded as the enemy. And fighting Saddam Hussein will greatly help this enemy rather than set him back. This will be true even if the war is successful, let alone if it turns out to be unsuccessful.
If we bomb Iraq, the terrorists win: The Wrong War by Avishai Margalit, in The New York Review of Books.
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The policies we are now asked to advance are incompatible not only with American values but also with American interests. Our fervent pursuit of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international legitimacy that has been Americas most potent weapon of both offense and defense since the days of Woodrow Wilson. We have begun to dismantle the largest and most effective web of international relationships the world has ever known. Our current course will bring instability and danger, not security.
U.S. diplomat John Brady Kieslings letter of resignation.
Throughout the globe the United States is becoming associated with the unjustified use of force. The presidents disregard for views in other nations, borne out by his neglect of public diplomacy, is giving birth to an anti-American century.
U.S. diplomat John H. Browns letter of resignation.
Unilateral U.S. military actions around the world, coupled with the administrations refusal to cooperate on many international issues such as global warming, land-mine proliferation and resource conservation, have contributed to rising anti-U.S. sentiments throughout the world. These sentiments are especially strong in countries that are likely recruiting grounds for al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Moreover, it is precisely because the U.S. military seems so invulnerable that Americas adversaries have chosen to turn its citizens into targets.
From Weapons of Mass Deception on Disinfopedia, the encyclopedia of propaganda, a collaborative wiki where readers can contribute information and edit each others entries.
What I want to know is why in the world the Democratic Party leadership is supporting the presidents unilateral attack on Iraq . . . What I want to know is why are Democratic Party leaders supporting tax cuts . . . What I want to know is why were fighting in Congress about the patients bill of rights when the Democratic Party ought to be standing up for health care for every single American man, woman and child in this country . . . What I want to know is why our folks are voting for the presidents No Child Left Behind Act that leaves every child behind, every teacher behind, every school board behind and every property taxpayer behind . . . [applause] . . . Im Howard Dean, and Im here to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.
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